From this week, HSE inspectors are carrying out unannounced checks at sites where refurbishment projects of repair works are underway.
This has come as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing death, injury and ill-health in the construction industry.
During the month-long initiative inspectors will visit construction sites to ensure high-risk activities, such as working at height, and work which could result in exposure to harmful dusts, are being properly managed. The inspectors will also check that basic welfare facilities, such as toilets and hand washing facilities have been provided if needed.
Construction workers are nearly four times more likely to be killed at work than the average worker, and an estimated 70,000 builders are currently suffering ill health as a result of their work.
HSE chief inspector of construction, Heather Bryant, said, “Too many people die or are seriously injured every year on Britain’s construction sites as a result of entirely avoidable incidents.
“This initiative provides a chance to engage with firms to help them understand what they need to do, so they can put in place the practical measures needed to keep people safe. Companies who deliberately cut corners can expect to feel the full weight of the law.”